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England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland



I've always understood Krip to be French but I could be mistaken. Certainly, our other French correspondents on here all seem to be thoroughly pleasant people and this guy lets them all down with his misguided accusations.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

"I think Stroudos should piss off, because he is arrogant, and I'm not, because I'm better than him."

These are all facts. I'm also a total bastard and a general wrongun.
But I'm afraid I can't piss off because I seem to have become addicted to this website.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Oh Buddha...

Come on then, let's carefully consider the arguments you put forward.

"They are arrogant, provoke conflicts and doesn't have a drop of respect for the opposition." Any specific examples? Or are we expected to accept this as a fact? I recall a couple of Scotland players trying to instigate handbags after a couple of England scores - if you're saying that scoring tries equates to provoking conflicts then you have a very different understanding of the game than mine.

"Refs also tend to break under this pressure which was the case in that game." Another very broad, sweeping statement. The only moment I can think of where the ref may have allowed pressure to influence his decision-making is when he failed to show a red card to Fraser Brown for a cynical, late tip tackle. (Personally I was satisfied with yellow).

"Refereeing was abysmal and helped a terrible scoreboard for the Scots." Please provide specific examples of decisions that, in your view, the ref got wrong. I thought he managed the game very evenly and consistently - so far then we've both just made subjective comments, but the burden of proof is on you.

The terrible scoreboard was accounted for by very fast England ball, decoy runners, precise passing and incisive running lines. I don't think it's arrogant to suggest that most teams would have struggled to defend against England on Saturday. Also, it is credit to the coaching team that they identified a potential defensive weakness in the Scottish midfield and created a game plan to capitalise on it.

Apparently England didn't need that after all the injuries... So it's OK for you to insinuate that England only won because of injuries to Scottish players? Well, I contend that they'd have won comfortably even with all the Scottish players on the pitch.

what was the problem of referring properly? The Ref was fine. England won, because ENGLAND ARE AWESOME!! How's that for arrogance? Happy now? :)

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Exactly Dan.

Lancaster did everything he could to try and please these miserable, jealous scumbags whining about English arrogance. (@krip, I'm not calling you a scumbag, well OK I am but don't take it personally).

Eddie Jones, by virtue of being Australian and therefore allowed to be as arrogant as he bloody well likes, has thrown off the shackles* to some extent. Still, I have not seen anything but respect for the opposition from the players, but they are going about their business with renewed confidence and passion. Obviously this is a good thing.

England are at their best when they exude confidence to the extent that people label them arrogant. Look at 2001-2003. Look at the early 90s - there was one "tunnel-cam" moment, well ahead of its time, around 1991 or 1992 (back-to-back grand slam years) where Brian Moore said to the camera: "no-one likes us, but we don't very much care".


(*No Aussie convict reference intended. Honestly!)

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Indeed. Which is why it didn't actually sound that surprising! If anyone could "do a Burgess" with greater success, I'd back Ardie Savea to be that man.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

On 15th February, I posted this prediction, which itself was based on an earlier forecast only with Italy relegated to wooden spoon position:
1. England (Not a GS though)
2. France
3. Ireland
4. Scotland
5. Wales
6. Italy

Not far off from today's current standings:
1. England (18 pts)
2. Ireland (10 pts)
3. France (10 pts)
4. Wales (9 pts)
5. Scotland (9 pts)
6. Italy (0 pts)

Now, I'm still not *quite* cocky enough to back England for the win away to Ireland, but I will say it is looking increasingly probable! However, two of the most significant influences in Six Nations matches (in my opinion) are bouncebackability (copyright Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace manager), and home advantage. Unfortunately, Ireland will have both here - and as Eddie Jones said in the comments quoted above, (even if we accept he's playing mind games), Ireland would absolutely love to piss on England's parade.

On the other hand, we had exactly the same situation in 2003 going into the final weekend. Everyone was going on about how Ireland were going to spoil the party, then we had "Red-Carpet-Gate" and England humped them 42-6.

So, Scotland *really* ought to be beat Italy at home.

France at home to Wales? I've said before, one should never try to predict anything involving French rugby, but I will say in this case that I believe France will win this and win it well. Wales were excellent against Ireland, but I don't think Peter North will get anywhere near as much mileage out of the big Fijians on France's wings. Home advantage and a point to prove for the French, plus Wales's enduring ability to disappoint, will see them through I reckon.

If that happens, then even if Ireland win (but with no bonus point), a France bonus-point win would see the table finish as I've predicted. At which point I'd pat myself on the back, kick myself for not putting a fiver on it and almost definitely be back on here to bore everyone further with how brilliant I am.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Has Ardie Savea had a positional change then? I've only seen him play as a flanker.

Fofana-Lamerat-Lopez could be lethal.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Don't agree with that "rub of the green from the ref" comment. I thought the ref had a good game and applied the laws very evenly.

I do agree that the late tip tackle on Daly would have attracted a red card from other refs, but in my opinion - based on the actual wording of the tip tackle directive - yellow was correct.

Does anyone have news on Daly by the way? He came back on and then had to go off again. Is he all right?

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Joseph's running is quite beautiful. So graceful and elegant, it's like watching ice-skating.

Anyway, that's the man-crush out of the way.

Just have to point out that Joseph was able to cut these fantastic lines thanks to the impeccable timing and precision of the passes from Ford and Farrell. Looking at it holistically, I think you'll struggle to find a more effective 10-12-13 unit than these three at the moment. Looking at it even more holistically, England had decoy runners all over the place which clearly was a nightmare to defend; and these gaps were created in the wide channels directly by having a number of very effective ball-carriers making the hard yards up the middle.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Well it's been a long old time since we've had any proper, old-fashioned English arrogance on these esteemed pages, and frankly I think it's long overdue, so here goes...

I genuinely wish it were England going on tour to New Zealand this summer, not the Lions. I think this England team would have a significantly higher chance of success than any combination of home nations. And it's just not about individual contributions; the way Eddie has got them playing, they're really gelling as a team. The mutual understanding between players and the overall cohesion, especially in attacking plays, is of a standard I've not really seen since 2003. At times - dare I say it - it's a bit like watching New Zealand! (Well I did say I was going to be arrogant).

7 Months, 1 Week ago